Playing it forward

  • Petrina D’Souza, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 17, 2013 14:50 IST

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar performs during his concert at the Vienna State Opera House in conjunction with the Jazz Festival Vienna in this July 2, 2005 file photo.

The generation gap is perhaps not felt more than when it comes to music. Modern styles like EDM find no connect with older connoisseurs and the youth is not into classical ragas much. But musical festival Teen Prahar is trying to bridge this divide by bringing together young talent, maestros-in-the-making and great masters, covering three genres of music — classical, semi-classical and fusion.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival, organised by Banyan Tree and Birla Sun Life Insurance (this year), has been showcasing a variety of Indian and international artistes. This year, the classical music concert will see internationally acclaimed musicians Ganesh Rajagopalan (violin) and Debashish Bhattacharya (guitar) as well as Padma Bhushan Pt Chhannulal Mishra, among others, performing on stage.

“Teen Prahar is a combination of lesser-known artistes with the more popular,” says Mahesh Babu, managing director of Banyan Tree. “The concert has always seen a full house through the years with people looking forward to what’s new at every edition.”

Teen Prahar is also looking at reviving some dying art forms and instruments. “Haveli sangeet (Vaishnavite temple music) is an art form which is almost forgotten. We have specially got Chandra Prakash, one of the few exponents of the form, from Udaipur to sing it,” says Babu. “We will also promote the sarangi, an instrument which is hardly played by youngsters now.”

One of the highlights of the concert is santoor player Rahul Sharma coming together with tabla player and electronic percussionist Talvin Singh.  “I have been a fan of Rahul’s father Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma. I have performed with Rahul before and enjoy doing it,” says Singh. Though known as the father of modern Asian electronica music, Singh will be performing a classical number for the concert. “I will be playing classical music, even though I’m generally associated with modern styles,” says Singh.


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